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Details revealed in Hernando murder-suicide

BROOKSVILLE — Roseanna Sanson was back in Florida but didn't plan to stay long.

Last month, Hernando County sheriff's deputies arrested Sanson's boyfriend, Jamil Etayem, on a domestic violence charge at the rental home the couple shared. Sanson left to stay with family in Ohio, then returned to Florida around Sept. 3.

The 23-year-old planned to pack her belongings and bring her 9-month-old son, Carter, back to Ohio, family members later told investigators.

She never made it. On Sept. 5, Etayem killed her and Carter, detectives say, before turning a kitchen knife on himself.

Investigation reports released Friday by the Hernando Sheriff's Office offer new details about one of the county's most horrific crimes in recent memory.

Sanson was pregnant with Carter when she separated from the baby's father and met Etayem in Ohio, family members said. Carter's biological father told investigators he'd lost touch with her and had never seen the baby.

Etayem, who had earned a culinary arts degree and had worked as a chef, rented a three-bedroom, ranch-style home on Caliquen Drive in Hernando Oaks, a golf course community just south of Brooksville. They moved in around July 31.

On Aug. 24, Sanson called 911 and told deputies Etayem had grabbed her by the arms and held her on the bed with his knee. She said Etayem had threatened in the past to kill her and Carter, and that she told Etayem that morning that she was going to leave to live with her sister in Ohio.

At that point, Sanson told deputies, Etayem locked himself in a bathroom with a knife and threatened to kill himself. Etayem denied that but acknowledged he had held her down. He was charged with domestic battery and released from the Hernando County Detention Center the next day, after his grandmother posted bail.

After his arrest, Sanson used Etayem's credit card to pay for a plane ticket back to Ohio, his mother, Alice Etayem, told detectives. Jamil Etayem knew he was under court order not to have contact with Sanson and told his mother he would probably stay with his grandmother when Sanson returned.

The Etayems, who live in New Jersey, told investigators their son never indicated he was suicidal or wanted to harm Sanson. Alice Etayem said she suspected Sanson had mental health issues because her son told her Sanson would be angry one minute and then fine a minute later.

The report makes no mention of mental health diagnoses for either Sanson or Etayem, but several lines were redacted for medical privacy reasons, a sheriff's spokeswoman said.

Sanson's sister Brittany was visiting from Ohio at the time of Etayem's arrest. She told investigators she didn't know him to be a violent person. Sanson's mother, Denise, also was aware of the arrest but told detectives "she had no idea there were problems in the relationship that would have caused this occur."

It's unclear what happened between Sanson's return to Florida and Sept. 5. At 4:20 that afternoon, Etayem called his mother. He was upset and talking very fast about Sanson being at the house. He didn't seem like himself, Alice Etayem told detectives.

Two hours later, Etayem called again, this time on Sanson's phone. Mother and son spoke briefly, though the report doesn't say about what. Alice Etayem tried three more times to reach her son that night. Worried, she and her husband booked a flight to Florida.

"They thought they were going to contact their son and have him return home with them," Detective Chris Kraft wrote.

About 7:15 p.m., a neighbor saw the couple arguing in the front yard. Sanson was wearing a blue and white bikini and holding Carter near a Nissan SUV in the driveway. The rear hatch was up, a rear driver's-side door was open, and a baby seat, suitcase and other belongings sat nearby.

The man, apparently Etayem, seemed angry, talking fast and waving his arms at Sanson, the neighbor said. When the man went back inside, the neighbor asked if Sanson was okay. Sanson went into the house with the baby about 7:30.

Night fell. No lights came on in the house and no one came out to move the belongings. Neighbors called 911 about 10:15.

Deputies found Sanson face down in the living room, still in her bikini. She'd been stabbed in the face, back, side and arm. Wounds on her hand indicated she had tried to defend herself.

Carter's body lay nearby, face up and clad in a diaper. He'd been stabbed in the back of the neck. Both mother and son's throats had been cut. Investigators suspect both bodies had been moved to where they were found.

Etayem's body was found on the kitchen floor. He had cuts on his arms and a slice across his throat. A large kitchen knife lay about a foot away.

Investigators did not find a note.

Details revealed in Hernando murder-suicide 09/20/13 [Last modified: Friday, September 20, 2013 11:13pm]
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